[License-discuss] Looking for a license agreement.

David Woolley forums at david-woolley.me.uk
Fri Oct 7 15:09:24 UTC 2011

Chad Perrin wrote:
>> someone else. 
> This may be a touch off-topic for this list, but . . . why would you want
> to grant someone the ability to prohibit others from using *facts* by the
> simple expedient of (for instance) alphabetizing a list of facts?  That's
> insane.  In a time when even the ability to maintain a monopoly over
> things that have been *created* is becoming controversial, someone
> asserting a monopoly over information that has been *found* seems quite
> regressive and, frankly, harmful.

Database copyrights are not like patents.  As long as you obtain the 
fact independently, you can publish them.  Telephone directories and 
maps have bogus entries to help detect whether a competing compilation 
is truly independent.

David Woolley
Emails are not formal business letters, whatever businesses may want.
RFC1855 says there should be an address here, but, in a world of spam,
that is no longer good advice, as archive address hiding may not work.

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